Website Changes

As you may have noticed – we’ve been madly making changes to the website. Some of the have been great – some did not happen quite the way we anticipated. C’est la vie. C’est la web development. One of the things that we are working on it making it work on as many platforms as possible – which is to say – it should work on your desktop, your laptop, your tablet, your phone, and whatever else they are going to invent next. Implants? Those too. I asked Dan if I could quote what he has to say about this, …

Survey Sez: #Handmade Holidays!

Don’t forget, we have a survey running right now – answer a few questions and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to use online. Survey is here: Handmade Holidays and why I can’t get it to just show up on the blog is one of the many mysteries of Word Press.

Chain + Metal Beads

Some great new chain this week – chain that will inspire you. If you are trying to think what to make for the guy in your life, how about a nice, rugged stainless steel bracelet or neck chain? With matching jumprings and lobster claw clasp, you can put together a very striking look for the person – man or woman – that likes a non-fussy look. We also have some really striking chains that are highly decorative. For instance – this Fishbone chain – use a short segment as a decorative element with other chains – makes a truly stunning …

We’re so excited

Two weeks into our new website and we’re still excited about it. So many new capabilities. Also – vast amounts of time spent looking for stuff that we’re pretty sure should be here somewhere … . Such is the path of the upgrade! One of the new capabilities will be to resurrect the monthly survey/prize draw that we used to do! In fact – let’s do one now! How this works is, you answer some questions, sign up for our weekly emails if you haven’t already (or not, your choice), and at the close of the survey period – we …

On sale this week?

Well – darn. Now that we don’t have that side column, where do I put the sale news? Just so you know, same stuff as last week. Sale! Rip Pip Piggy Tango Metal Blanks for Stamping? 25% off!   20% off Swarovski Bicones! all sizes!   And all the manager’s specials too.

New! New! New!

What’s new this week? Well, some , some pinch beads, a new colour of metal clay, some new beading thread, and, oh yeah – the entire website!!!!!   Yes – a new look, that is fresher, cleaner, faster, more streamlined, and easier on the eyes. Easier to use on mobile too! New features like shopping by colour! Of course – as with anything this complicated – there are a few things that seem to be not quite what we expected. So please, if you find something weird, like pictures overlapping or showing up gigantic, or if you can’t find something …

This is Not A Costume!

Well – look at this! (Gesturing to the website around me) – brand new website! This is not a costume – the look has changed but – well – now that I think about it – it sort of is like a change of clothes – because inside is all the same great beads and tools and supplies and stuff, but outside, well – let’s just say we decided to slip into something more comfortable! Cleaner, more relaxed, more focused on the beads. We hope you find this to be more streamlined, faster, easier on the eyes and easier to …

Big Wire – Big Crimps

New this week, Big Braided Wire, and crimps to join the ends. Here’s a cool idea – you can join the ends of this heavy, braided wire with crimps, to make a bangle bracelet!   It’s easy to do – size the wire to fit your wrist – it needs to go over the widest part of your hand – so 9-10 inches, and slide one of these large crimps halfway onto the end, and crimp, and then slide the other end of the wire into the crimp and crimp the other half! Easy peasy. (If you are adding beads …

Monstrously Good

We were working at the bead table late one night, When our eyes did behold a beady sight, For our Kheops beads on the mat did fall and they spelled out words in a message for all We are the beads – the Kheops beads Like a pyramid shape, we are not seeds We are the Beads – we fulfill your needs We are the beads – the Kheops beads! They’re a range of colours from Matte Light Gold To a Coral Red that’s very bold And all you could hear in the light of the day Was all the …